ISRAEL - Tel Aviv Among Healthiest Cities in the World

Arno Froese

The report analyzed cities based on a few criteria, including but not limited to: sunlight hours, pollution levels, life expectancy and obesity levels.

According to the report’s findings, Tel Aviv has among the lowest obesity ratings worldwide and ranks among the highest for life expectancy—with people living up to 82.8 years of age on average.

One of the most significant factors contributing to the city’s low obesity rates and high life expectancy is its known vegan scene and Mediterranean diet. 

“We promote a plant-based Mediterranean diet in accordance with the recommendations of the Health Ministry and the World Health Organization, and in accordance with the principles of the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact (MUFPP),” said Eitan Ben-Ami, director of the Tel Aviv-Jaffa Municipality’s Environment and Sustainability Authority. 

In addition, Tel Aviv’s infrastructure has been updated to allow for cycling, walking and exercising in the open air all over the city, according to Ben-Ami, who added that “as of 2019, about 24% of the city’s area is recognized as green space, and the city’s sea breezes clean the air.”, 25 January 2021

Arno's commentary

The Mediterranean diet is definitely a leading one globally. World-o-Meter reports the average life expectancy of Mediterranean countries (and the USA for comparison):

• Italy 84.01
• Spain 83.99
• Israel 83.13
• Malta 83.06
• Greece 82.06
• USA 79.11

We are reminded that food is a gift of God, as we can read in Ecclesiastes 3:13: “And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labour, it is the gift of God.”

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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